Pennsylvania boasts an extensive interstate system that carries an endless parade of trucks to urban areas such as Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Harrisburg. Those freeways also serve as conduits to connect the upper East Coast with destinations nationwide. And truck traffic on the thousands of miles of two-lane highways impacts the daily travels of Pennsylvania motorists statewide. Every year, more than 4,000 people are injured or killed in a truck accident on Pennsylvania roadways. If you or a family member is suffering from a truck-related accident, contact Michael for a free consultation and take the first step toward ensuring that you receive maximum compensation for your loss.
Michael Leizerman regularly engages in continuing legal education presentations around the country, including the following events in or near Pennsylvania:
- American Association for Justice, Philadelphia (July 12, 2008)
Topic: Finding Insurance In Truck Litigation
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (Title 49, Parts 350-399) govern all vehicles engaged in interstate traffic.
There are some situations where a tractor-trailer or other commercial motor vehicle is involved in only intrastate travel. For example, an appliance store in Reading may own a truck that only makes in-state deliveries.
The Pennsylvania Department of Public Safety has adopted Title 49, Parts 382, 383, 384, 390, 391, 392, 393, 394, 395, 396, 397, 398, and 399 of the federal regulations.
For an overview of laws that affect trucks operating only in Pennsylvania, visit our Pennsylvania Trucking Laws page.
Fatal Truck Accidents: 213 per year
Non-Fatal Truck Accidents: 4,156 per year
Accident Locales: 72% (Rural), 27% (Urban)
Carrier Fact: 32% of Pennsylvania's truck accidents involve carriers whose principle place of business is not Pennsylvania
In 71% of Pennsylvania truck accidents, weather conditions were NOT a factor.